Just when all the over-saturation and post-mortem bandwagoners almost had me putting all my favorite Dilla shit back on the shelf – in comes the official torchbearer, House Shoes, to re-ignite the spark. His forthcoming mixtape (in the truest sense of the word), The King James Version, is a smoke-filled trip through the used crates of the late beat pioneer that reminds us all (because some of you apparently need it) just why James Yancey is the G.O.A.T.
With all the bullshit posthumous mixtapes that came out with Dilla’s name & likeness unfairly attached to it (as previously discussed here), this is one of the few that does his legacy justice. It’ll have you pulling out all your favorite Dilla CD’s, records, and illegally downloaded beat CD’s (you know you got em) again with a newfound respect for his craftsmanship with each secret revealed.
The King James Version is the first of an on-going series that will be released through a limited run of CD’s sold directly by Shoes himself, starting on January 9th. Below is a free download of the first track of the five that will appear on the CD, as previously heard on his Shoes House podcast. For a (much) better write-up of KJV, check out Hubert’s Frying In Vein blog.
Also, stick around after the jump for three bonus tracks that showcase House Shoes’ own, often slept-on, production skills with Detroit classics he produced for Finale, Elzhi, and Decompoze.
BONUS TRACKS: 3 House Shoes productions after the jump
Finale “Timeless” (prod. House Shoes)
from The Family Files Vol. 2 mixtape (Shaman Work, 2005)
Elzhi “Boomerang Slang” (feat. Lacks) (prod. House Shoes)
from Out Of Focus EP (cassette, 1998)
Decompoze “Mica (Phone Check)” (prod. House Shoes)
from Decomposition (Subterraneous, 2007)